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Tickets, Please

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Introduction

English Q1: Lawrence creates the impression that the world of tramways is dangerous and exciting by numerous ways. The setting of the mood at the beginning, first from the title- "Tickets, Please" Sounds too formal and the reader is expected to read a formal story. The first line starts off - " There is in the Midlands single-line tramway system..." Which follows the formal idea but then a feeling of being in a tram begins to commence. "... which boldly leaves the county town and plunges off into the black industrial countryside... Due to the sentence structure, a rhythm develops and entices you to read on, a cold chill appears in the mind as gloomy, depressing descriptions of buildings- stark, grimy cold little market places. The rhythm made by DH Lawrence compromised of three long sentences wielded to make the drastic journey of the expeditious tram; full stops deciphered to be the actual tram stops and commas to change the direction and mood of the tram. We read about the buildings but in our minds, they just flick past as if like on a real tram where everything is continuos and nothing is still. ...read more.

Middle

"Even in a tram packed with howling colliers, roaring hymns downstairs and a sort of antiphony of obscenities upstairs, the lasses are perfectly at their ease. They pounce on the youths who try to evade their ticket-machine. They push off the men at the end of their distance. They are not going to be done in the eye- not they. They fear nobody- and everybody fears them." Apart from being hussies, we get the general idea that these aren't the women that use make-up all the time and care if they break a fingernail. They are aggressive, determined and dynamic, going through thick and thin to get the job done. "In their ugly blue uniform, skirts up to their knees, shapeless old peaked caps on their head..." We also get the idea that they have no self-composure/ coolness. "they have all the sang-froid of an old non-commissioned officer." 3: I feel the significance of the story ending in that way is to show that there is no winner in relationships between men and women. The ending is unexpected since we have no clear answer to the relationship between John Thomas and Annie, we have a big fight but then when John Thomas chooses Annie, the fight of revenge falls apart and he has to pick up his dignity and leave. ...read more.

Conclusion

I do feel not compassion but distress that he may be crippled and have fighting against ~10 girls would do harm against him. He seems a strong extrusive chap who knows the tricks of the trade when handling girls. His main weakness is he doesn't have the compassion to feel for the girl or what she feels; walking away from her, treating her like an another girl who he'd just met. No wonder his nickname was "coddy". Annie knew John Thomas, always keeping him at bay with her sharp tongue but even though she knew about John Thomas's devilish deeds, she fell into his trap and got wounded I feel the writer wants us to make us sympathetic to Annie as she is the woman and when John Thomas lets her down by not revealing his personal details, we are only given Annie's feelings and not John Thomas. John Thomas is also criticised and called names in the story. I feel that relationships are one weakness of these "fearless hussies" who "fear no one but everyone fears them." That they are prolonged to emotional feelings and instead of the tough ordeal they deal with on the tram. After suffering, most linger away like, but this time with the help of Annie, they use their "fearless hussies" side and gain revenge by pain and suffering. ...read more.

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